Best skincare we tried in January 2021: Glow Recipe, Skin Inc, Porcelain...
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We get it, you've been burned before. The last few years had Millie Bobby Brown pretending to use her new line of skincare products in an IG video, Sunday Riley being exposed for sham reviews, and Kylie Jenner's infamous foundation-stained towel after using her "ultra-potent" Foaming Face Wash. We hate to say it, but false claims and exaggerations now run rampant in the skincare industry, leaving consumers feeling unsure of who to trust in this dog-eat-dog sphere.
That said, we can't blame you for eyeing this article with a (healthy) amount of scepticism, though we'd like to believe that we've a stellar track record in delivering reliable, relatable reviews that have earned your confidence. In fact, that's pretty much our thing as you can tell from our regular series, Buro. Beauty Club. Just remember: no matter if you're a cynic or loyal reader, we're not here to convince you of anything — but rather, to share our expertise and experiences with the latest and greatest in skincare. Whether you choose to take our word for it is entirely up to you. Now, let's get down to business, shall we?
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
The cumbersome act of makeup removal is made easy with this plush cleansing balm. Unlike typical liquid variants, this bad boy is both time- and energy-saving where you don't have to waste precious minutes saturating a cotton round or applying an ungainly amount of pressure onto your mien to get makeup residue off. Instead, simply scoop out a small helping onto your fingers, rub 'em together, and apply it to your visage. What precedes is jaw-dropping in its efficacy, with all that meticulously-applied face paint literally melting off. And there you have it: a squeaky-clean complexion acquired with minimal effort. There's also the added benefit of its light, fragrant scent that (aptly) smells of papaya.
Skin Inc Custom Recovery Sleep Mask
Correct us if we're wrong, but sleeping masks are seemingly designed for busy bees and overachievers who loathe the fact that there are a good eight hours spent in an immobile state of slumber. Its creation, thus, ensures that no time actually goes to waste: you might be asleep, but you are still working to make sure you emerge with a radiant complexion. It's a clever concept as only — with Skin Inc further improving upon it with their latest iteration. The Custom Recovery Sleep Mask is as it sounds: a personalised sleeping mask catered to your needs and wants. Prior to purchasing a set, it is recommended you take a quick online quiz to determine exactly what works best. You'll then receive a base (in either a cream or gel texture) and two serum booster shots meant to be injected and blended into said base. Once that's all done, apply, and get some shut eye. It doesn't get any simpler — or smarter — than this.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment
Everyone's favourite chemical peel can now be used beyond the moneymaker. This translates to bigger sheets to cover a larger surface area; more potent ingredients than ever; and a dermatologist-approved formula declared safe for use even for those suffering from skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris. We observed optimal effects when using it three times a week, with the dry, flaky patches on our elbows dissipating soon after. Bear in mind that each box only contains eight sheets, though, unlike the daily peel which contains 30.
The Body Shop New Drops of Youth Bouncy Jelly Mist
It stands to reason that a global pandemic has brought about a whole host of complexion issues. Maskne aside, we've also experienced fatigued, dehydrated skin thanks to an increased exposure to blue-light. To counteract the debilitating effects of countless Zoom meetings, digital presentations, and e-mail checking, we suggest keeping a facial mist ready-at-hand. This one by The Body Shop ticks all the boxes: it hydrates; shields skin from dust; and repels all forms of environmental aggressors including blue light and pollution. Spritz away, we say.
Porcelain Spa Skin Perfecting Moisturiser
Its revamped formula promises more benefits than before. Light-as-air texture aside, this moisturiser also contains SPF and formidable antioxidants to keep skin-dryness at bay. Even better: the inclusion of antarcticine within its blend; an ingredient revered for its ability to reduce pore congestion while promoting cell regeneration. And while we haven't observed this just yet — what, with it being a long-term effect - our complexion did appear clearer within two weeks of use. Score.